Karla - posted on 05/30/2012 ( 53 moms have responded )
First: "Going to hell in a handbasket", "going to hell in a handcart", "going to hell in a handbag" and '"sending something to hell in a handbasket" are variations on an American alliterative locution of unclear origin, which describes a situation headed for disaster without effort or in great haste.
It's not just the USA, but they sure have some ugly stats about child poverty.
Here's what I really want to discuss, I just read this:
According to a new report from the Office of Research at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the U.S. has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the developed world. Of the 35 wealthy countries studied by UNICEF, only Romania has a child poverty rate higher than the 23 percent rate in the U.S.
Report Card 10, from UNICEF’s Office of Research, looks at child poverty and child deprivation across the industrialized world, comparing and ranking countries’ performance. This international comparison, says the Report, proves that child poverty in these countries is not inevitable, but policy susceptible - and that some countries are doing much better than others at protecting their most vulnerable children.
“The report makes clear that some governments are doing much better at tackling child deprivation than others,” said Mr Alexander. “The best performers show it is possible to address poverty within the current fiscal space. On the flip side, failure to protect children from today’s economic crisis is one of the most costly mistakes a society can make.”
Figure 1a shows the percentage of children
(aged 1 to 16) who lack two or more
of the following 14 items because the
households in which they live cannot
afford to provide them.
1. Three meals a day
2. At least one meal a day with meat,
chicken or fish (or a vegetarian
3. Fresh fruit and vegetables every day
4. Books suitable for the child’s age and
knowledge level (not including
5. Outdoor leisure equipment (bicycle,
6. Regular leisure activities (swimming,
playing an instrument, participating in
youth organizations etc.)
7. Indoor games (at least one per child,
including educational baby toys,
building blocks, board games,
computer games etc.)
8. Money to participate in school trips
9. A quiet place with enough room
and light to do homework
10. An Internet connection
11. Some new clothes (i.e. not all
12. Two pairs of properly fitting shoes
(including at least one pair of
13. The opportunity, from time to time, to
invite friends home to play and eat
14. The opportunity to celebrate special
occasions such as birthdays, name
days, religious events, etc.
USA - not on this list
Canada - "
N.Z. - Not on this list
Australia - Not on this list.
Figure 1b shows the percentage of children
(aged 0 to 17) who are living in relative
poverty, defined as living in a household in
which disposable income, when adjusted
for family size and composition, is less
than 50% of the national median income.
Where the USA is at 23%
UK 12.1 %
I don't really have a good debate question to go with this; I'm just wondering what you are seeing in your area. What do you think can be done about these children in poverty?